Why We Exist
In everything we do, we believe in proving it’s possible to deliver high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor.
Healthcare is broken.
It works the least for those who require it the most. And the world’s poorest need a new approach.
We are a team determined to make a model of durable healthcare work where everyone said it couldn’t be done.
When a Hospital Isn’t Enough
Why mothers need more than a hospital to bring their babies safely into the world.
“It wasn’t like this when I was born – I was born at home. But there are many difficulties with home births.”
+ Rupa, a new mother
In rural Nepal, pregnancy is referred to as a “gamble with death.”
There was a pregnant woman named Rupa who nearly lost that gamble. She, like so many other women, wanted to give birth in a safe healthcare facility near her home. She herself was born in her home, and her mother warned her of the dangers of home births.
Because of that, when she went into labor, she immediately journeyed to the nearest clinic. Yet, there was only one midwife there, and part way through her delivery, the nurse realized she didn’t feel comfortable proceeding alone because she suspected a complication with the delivery.
Because of that, Rupa called for an ambulance, and Possible’s ambulance driver came to pick up Rupa and bring her to the hospital. This 3-minute video shows what happened next.
Rupa’s story has a happy ending. And for many mothers who are fortunate enough be close to a hospital, that is the case. At Possible’s hospital hub in rural Nepal, the number of births taking place within the facility has grown 197% from 2010 to 2013.
But a hospital isn’t enough. What pregnant women really need, in a region with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, is access to safe birthing centers closer to their homes and support throughout their pregnancies.
That’s why we are pioneering a new approach to put safe births at the center of our integrated healthcare model.
It’s also why the percentage of women delivering in health facilities is one of our six Key Performance Indicators.
We solve for the problems of pregnant mothers like Rupa by having female community health workers provide training and referral support in villages, working with local community governments to transform clinics into safe birthing centers, and linking clinics to a central hospital with ambulances for emergency deliveries.
This model is supported financially through a partnership with the Nepali government’s Safe Motherhood Program, where both pregnant mothers and Possible receive payments for attending prenatal care visits and delivering in a health facility.
It’s a model of safe births that works fully for pregnant women, not partially.
Scale of Impact
We’ve treated 222,499 patients since 2008, and volume nearly doubled over the last 2 years. Updated quarterly.
patients treated to date.
We employ 277 team members around the world, of which 96% are located in rural Nepal. Updated quarterly.Read More
team members employed.
Nepal’s government is our largest partner, when cash and in-kind investments are combined. Updated yearly.Read More
of cash & in-kind support from Nepali government.
Our cost per patient hasn’t exceeded $20. We expect cost to rise with quality, but stay below $50. Updated yearly.Read More
per patient price point.